The Asante Principles for the Afrocentric Curriculum

by Dr. Molefi Kete Asante

Published 5/7/2009

YOU AND YOUR COMMUNITY
To explore with the students their sense of self, identity, and their relationship to the community in which they live. Students should be introduced to ideas of the person in family, in neighborhood, in organizations, and city, state, nation, and the world.

WELLNESS AND BIOLOGY
To explore the importance of physical attitudes and habits that promote wellness.

Curriculum Areas: Health, Drug Education, Physiology, Human Biology

TRADITION AND INNOVATION
To explore preservation and generation as powerful instruments of the interplay of change and continuity in life.

CREATION AND ARTISTIC EXPRESSION
To explore the multiple ways humans have expressed their innermost thoughts through the material and performing media.

Curriculum Areas: Music and Dance, Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture, Poetry and Rap
LOCATION IN TIME AND SPACE
To explore chronology, geography, and mathematical concepts to unlock interpretation and analytical skills.

Curriculum Areas: Mathematics and Geography
PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION
To explore the principles of production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services.

Curriculum Areas: Economics and Business
POWER AND AUTHORITY
To explore the attaining and use of power and authority to effect the common will.

Curriculum Areas: Civics, Social Studies, History
TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE
To explore the intricate interplay of human attitudes with science and technology for the improvement of society.

Curriculum Areas: Science at all grades and study skills in grades 4-12

CHOICE AND CONSEQUENCES
To explore through historical and social situations the varied ways human beings have handled choices and consequences.
Curriculum Areas: Art, Literature, Architecture, and Social Studies at 9-12

SOCIETY AND THE WORLD
To explore the relevant social skills, values and behaviors that promote multicultural maturity for a non-racist, non-sexist, non-hegemonic, and diverse world.

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